Driver of Warsaw's fatal bus crash charged over drugs

One person died in the crash and over 20 people were injured, four of them seriously. Paweł Supernak/PAP

The driver of a city bus that plunged off an overpass in Warsaw, killing one person and injuring over a dozen, has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, prosecutors said on Friday.

On Thursday, a municipal bus veered off the Grota-Roweckiego bridge in northern Warsaw and plunged down to a multi-lane north-south transit route along the Vistula River. The articulated bus was torn in two, with the back section left hanging from the bridge.

One person died in the crash and over 20 people were injured, four of them seriously.

According to Miroslawa Chyr, spokesperson for the District Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw, the driver of the bus was under the influence of drugs. She said that the results of toxicological tests received by the prosecutor's office confirmed the presence of amphetamine in the driver's blood, adding also that about half a gram of amphetamine was found with the man.

The driver was charged with causing a traffic disaster resulting in the death of one person and with the possession of amphetamines, Chyr said.

On Saturday, Chyr told PAP that a court decided that the suspect should be held in three-month detention.

"The suspect confessed to having committed the alleged offences, including taking amphetamine just before boarding the bus," Chyr also said.

Tomasz U. (surname withheld under Polish law) faces up to 15 years in prison.

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